From: "ercgreen"
Subject: DAYS OF OUR LIVES #122
Date: Fri, 4 Jul 2003 08:34:02 -0400


This newsletter is intended only for the use of ASA TURKEY Veteran's. If you are not an intended recipient, please notify me immediately. Comments or submissions to the DAYS OF OUR LIVES are most welcome. I will respond to all e-mails and will assist whenever needed, but reserve the right to edit for content and clarity and welcome any errors that may appear herein. There are times that I mis-quote, overlook or mis-place items that I intended to include. In those instances - I certainly want to be corrected, etc. Whether you choose to share your BIO is a personal choice. It is our desire that with all the knowledge that the DOOL's contain, comes a bit more wisdom as well. If you're not sure where to start your BIO, here's a quick plan to follow. Go to and browse through other BIO's, then adapt and expand those BIO's to guide you through to meet your own memories. Sure, there will be discouragements caused by the thought that your BIO isn't interesting or good enough. To be honest, I fit that category. However, information not shared is the same as information lost. Keep in mind that the Internet is a universe unto itself and is a dang near veritable hell-hole filled with scams, scam artists, frauds, thieves, and greedy people, etc. In the old days, back when mail crossed the country in days, identity theft still took place. Today, e-mail crosses the country at the speed of light. The crooks do too. Your privacy is extremely important. Therefore, if you wish not to receive future DAYS OF OUR LIVES, please send that request to Thank you

GREEN, Elder RC (gH), DOB: 1936, RA13513638, E7, 982/98C, Det 27, 1-15MY61, Det 120, MY-JL65, Det 27, JN66-OC67 & Det 4-4, OC67-NO68, (Patty), 3094 Warren Rd., Indiana, PA 15701, 724-349-7395,




BREAUX, Austin (Frenchy) Mess NCO Det 4, 55-56 at Samsun, b-20 January 1934 d-May 1978, SSN: 436-50-0858 issued Louisiana.

FRANK, Manuel Jr (Manny) DOB: 3 September 1936 DOD: 9 November 2002, RA28245375, E3, Det 4, Samsun, 55-AP56, (Martha), 6428 Coral Lake Ave., San Diego, CA 92119, 619-463-3711, Spec Orders #67, dtd 11AP56. Was seriously injured in truck accident on 6 April 1956 hauling lumber to Sinop for future expansion - per Jim Van Brocklin. Talked with Martha Frank on 29 June 2003 and she informed me that her husband, Manny Frank, was killed instantly when a runaway car rolled over on top of him. Said that Manny would have been happy to have heard from veteran's who served at Samsun and Sinop. Manny told her that he was seriously injured while hauling lumber from Samsun to Sinop and that the brakes on his truck went away on a steep hill and that he deliberately crashed it into the left side of the hill and in so doing his head was crushed on the left side. The Black Sea was on the right side and it would have been instant death had he gone over the right side! Was taken to Sinop and Dr. Nejat treated his head injuries. The area was FOGGED in and no airplanes could land on the makeshift Sinop airfield. Two days later a US Navy plane from Tripoli was able to land in the Sinop harbor and extract Manny and he was taken to a US hospital in Germany where they treated him for several weeks. They were not able to save his left eye as an infection had set in while waiting in Sinop for medical help. Manny received a medical discharge from the US Army.

I gave Martha the website and she said that she would like to get the weekly DAYS OF OUR LIVES newsletter in her in-box.

Hello Martha, - I enjoyed our short phone chat wherein I learned of Manny's untimely death. As I mentioned during the call I issue a weekly newsletter which is posted on the web at I have instructed Chuck Bergmann from Bay Village, Ohio to send the weekly DOOL to your in-box. You can cancel at any time. Also an obit of Manny will be appreciated and better yet a BIO and photo's will be appreciated by those who knew Manny Frank at Samsun and Sinop. Many thanks and hope to hear from you soon.

FURR, Eddie F., RA13350623, SGT, Det 4, at Samsun, AP55-MY56, b-27 May 1931 d-14 October 1994, SSN: 223-38-1435 issued Virginia.

GARRETT, Walter M Jr., DOB: 12 November 1926, DOD: 12 June 1986, 0999016, 02, Ops O Det 4, AP56-57, per SO#79 dtd 28AP56. Lt Garrett was a KEY person during the early days on the hill. Per ex-1Lt Stuckert - Garrett was the Operations Officer and had been a E6 or E7 before he received a OCS commission. It is believed that Lt Garrett attended the Russian language school, but did not finish it. Per CWO Arnold D. Taylor - Walt Garrett was a native of Pennsylvania - SSN: 206-14-4705 - served as a E6 or E7 before going to OCS - never got along with Garrett - and retired as a LTC; - had been married and divorced several times. - was an alcoholic - joined a nudist camp and was struck by lightning while golfing completely nude in June 1986 and died 12 June 1986 in a VA hospital in Florida.

MOHEN, Eugene J (E.J.) Armor, 05, CO Det 27, 55-56, DOB: 7 December 1910 DOD: September 1971 SSN: 207-05-3054 issued PA - per ex-LT Bill Stuckert.

ROEDER, Michael D (Mick) RA11281276, E2-E4, Det 4, AP56-57, born: 23 February 1936 died: 8 October 2001 at Buffalo, NY. SSN: 081-28-7284 issued New York. Mick's name was given to me by Jim Van Brocklin and I found him thru Talked to Stacy Roeder on 29 June 2003 and she informed me of Mick's death from Lung Cancer. Stacy is married to Michael Roeder Jr and they live at 35 Lakeridge Dr., Orchard Park, NY 14127, 716-675-4527, SO#79 dtd 28AP56 (Mick died from Lung Cancer in October 2001) Hello Mike and Stacy Roeder, I enjoyed our short chat this morning regarding the Michael D. Roeder who served in the Army Security Agency in Sinop, Turkey circa April 1956 until sometime in 1957. By now you have visited my website at and see that I am trying to bring old friendships back together via the DOOL and the reunions. Both of U are welcome to attend the 7 Springs, PA reunion over the 2003 Labor Day week-end. If U have any additional info - please send it to me so that I can include it in the weekly edition and also I am preparing a Memory Book to give out at the reunion. Right now it is over 500 pages and includes BIO's and pictures. If U have any photo's of Mick while he was at Sinop or while he was on active duty, please scan them and send to me. An obit will be appreciated. Best Regards, Elder RC Green, 3094 Warren Rd., Indiana, PA 15701, 724-349-7395,


THE ANNUAL ASA PICNIC WILL BE HELD AT BLOBS PARK, NEAR FORT MEADE ON 2 AUGUST STARTING AT NOON. THE NOMINAL PRICE IS $15. PER PERSON. GET YOUR RESERVATIONS NLT 25 JULY TO: Len Fischer, P.O. Box 234, Occoquan, VA 22125 and list the names for the Name Tags. Patty and I will be there and we can have a mini-ASA Turkey get together

ASA ORGANIZATION DAY EVENT in Chehalis-Centralia. Washington

ASA Vets USA and the Veterans Memorial Museum will hold an ASA Organization Day event in Chehalis-Centralia, Washington on 14-15 September 2003.
1. Keynote speaker: Senior Historian, National Security Agency
2. Presentations and displays of ASA photographs and memorabilia.
3. A tour of the Veterans Memorial Museum (and it's permanent ASA display) is included.
4. A limited number of event packets will be provided to the first 30 attendees. Complimentary ASA lapel pins will be included in the packet.
5. For those interested, ASA ball-caps in various styles will be available for $10 each.
Registration Fee: $10 payable in advance or at registration. (see form). This fee will be applied to expenses and a donation to the Veterans Memorial Museum.
Travel: Attendees arriving from out of state by air should fly into Portland International Airport, rent a car and head north on Interstate 5 into Washington. Take exit 76 at Chehalis to reach hotel.
Lodging: Park Place Inn-Best Western, Chehalis, WA. The hotel is off Exit 76 on I-5. A limited number of rooms have been reserved for this event. Call the hotel direct to make reservations (1-360-748-4040) and indicate you are attending the Army Security Agency Reunion. Room rates will range from $68 to $76 (double occupancy). Other lodging options are available in the immediate vicinity.
If interested, please respond to Mark Scott, ASA Vets USA, PH: 360-479-9011, email: or Wayne Galvin, Veterans Memorial Museum, email:


Thus far the following have made reservations at the 7 Springs resort. STOP PROCRASTINATING! If you intend to attend, TELL ME NOW! It will make my job that much easier.

ANDERSON, Jerry E3-E4 341.10-Teletype repair, Det 27, JL56-JN58, (Sally), 5209, Lindermann Ave., Racine, WI 53406, 262-634-8509, pd $70.

BERLIN, Franz DOB: 1939 RA17534092 E5 98J Det 4, 4-1 & 4-4, 62, (Peg), 300 Arundel Beach Rd., Saverna Park, MD 21146, 410-544-4833, Pd $40.

CARRICK, Ernie DOB: 1936 RA25358534 E3-E4 Personnel Det 4, NO57-OC58, (Betty), 6111 Fairfield Dr., Huntsville, AL 35811, 256-852- 6180,

CRAM, Gene W2 W2215309 OIC T/A Det 27, 66-67, (Phyllis), 5180 SW Gardenia Ct., Dunnellon, FL 34431, 352-489-9085, pd $70.

ERICKSON, Ron DOB 1940 E4 059 Det 27, MY61-DE62, (Cathy), 17204 E 37th Terrace, Independence, MO 64055, 816-373-3349,

GOODMAN, Jay DOB: 1952 E4 MP Det 4, SE72-SE73, (Kathy), 3468 Izy Hill Ln., Finleyville, PA 15332, 724-348-0358, (Motorhome)

GREEN, Elder RC (aka Al & Green Hornet) E7 Det 27, 1-15MY61, JN66-OC67(Buyuk Elgi & qtrs 225-E, eff 18JA67) & 4-4, OC67-NO68, (qtrs 914-4), (Patty), 3094 Warren Rd., Indiana, PA 15701, 724-349-7395, pd $70.

HUNT, Carlos E DOB 1937 E3-E4 058 Det 4, MR58-MR59, (Frankie), 10215 Hwy 79E, Henderson, TX 75652, 903-889-2391, Pd $70.

JONES, Ed, DOB: 1944, RA18664602, E5, 059, Det 27, OC62-MR65, (Florence), 30 Woodland Hills Dr., Bismarck, IL 61814, 217-759-7773,

KJOLLER, Jon, DOB: 1938, RA15578113, E3, 058, Det 4, JL58-AU59,, (Darlene), 993 Rosemary Dr., New Braunfels, TX 78130, 830-625-1064, (Plans to drive)

LAMBETH, Henry (Hank) DOB: 1940 RA14750951 E4 283.1 Det 4, JN62-63,1419 Marvin Dr., Vinton, VA 24179, 540-890-4508, (cable)

McCULLOUGH, John T DOB: 1938 RA15560286 E3-E4 058 Det 4, 58, (Sue),1044 E. Smith Rd., Medina OH 44256 330-722-6490,

MURPHY, Bob E3-E5 058 Det 27 and Det 4, AP61-AP62, (Peg), 7623 Turnbrook Dr., Glen Burnie, MD 21061, 410-255-0320, and

NEARPASS, Robt D E3-E5 MP Det 27, DE64-DE66, (Lorraine), 111 Hope Crossing Rd., Belvidere, NJ 07823, 908-638-7625, pd $70.

RODRIGUES, Charlie E4 Supply Det 4, 59-60, (Patricia), 210 Benham Ave., Syracuse, NY 13219, 315-487-1195,

SCHWARTZ, Fred Det 4 58-60, (Rose), 321 Fain St., Morganton, GA 30560, 706-374-4302, or pd $70.

STEFFEN, Arnold DOB: 1937 RA16568829 E4 283 Det 4, JL58-JL59, (Janet), 1043 Old Humboldt Rd., Jackson, TN 38305, 731-664-5058, Pd $80.

TAVERNETTI, Dave & Sue, DOB: 1940, 2LT-1LT, Watch Officer TK#4, Det 27, MR62-SE63, 238 Rio Vista Dr., King City, CA 93930, 831-385-4458, pd $70.

VAN BROCKLIN, Jim DOB: 1929 SP3 (E4) US51337026 Det 4, FE56-SE56, (Marcia), 39 Therin Dr., Hamburg, NY 14705, 716-649-9232, Pd $70.

VAN ORDER, Roy DOB: 1936 E4-E5 283 Det 4, 27SE60-MY61, (Toni), 8186 Kneeskean Rd., Bridgeport, NY 13030, 315-633-0418, and

WYLIE, Jim (Sick Call), DOB: 1941 RA13774855 E3-E5 993 Det 4, 64-65, (Sharon), 322 Crossfire Ln., Ligonier, PA 15658, 724-238-6457, no email. Pd $70.

ZIMMERMAN, John W. (Bear) DOB: 1941 RA13774858 Det 4, 64-65, (Sherry), RD#4 Latrobe, PA 2nd in MSC Hvy Wt class in 1965 per Mauler. Pd $70.


From: net, Sent: Thursday, July 03, 2003 12:15 AM., Subject: samsun

I ran across your web page and found it interesting...I was at Samsun, Det 3-2 in 1963, USAF ground radio maint...our 15 month tour was easy......even then, we heard how tough life was for the Army in Sinop....I write to you to ask what ASA stands for...[I answered and suggested that he join us- - -gH]

APPLEGATE, Arthur O., DOB 1929, RA17396105, Cpl, Det 4 - Samsun, 3JL55-JN56, (Grail). 192 Oak Ave., Cocoa Beach, FL, 321-783-9571, no e-mail - I was able to locate Art Applegate from info received from Jim Van Brocklin. Called Applegate on 28 June 2003. Most receptive. Said that I was the first one that he has talked to regarding his 13 months with the ASA all spent at Samsun. Art retired on 1 January 1977 as a CW4. Remembers and enjoyed his 13 months at Samsun with many days TDY. Said that when he got to Samsun, the unit had 23 EM and 3 Officers and that the unit designation was the 9164th Radar Group. The officers were Maj Arthur T. Lawry who was a tuff son-of-a-gun; 2LT Thomas G. Rohner and CW3 Paul Gentine (sp?). The unit was housed in a Turk housing area in the Samsun area that was called Elli Alti (sp?) and contained houses with 4 apartments in each. At that time the US Forces could not build barracks per the SEATO agreement. The exchange rate was set at 11 lira and 33 kurush to the dollar when the black market rate was 10 to 1. Art was a Corporal and was a heavy generator specialist during this tour. Said that the promotion notices were posted on the unit bulletin board and shortly thereafter it became official when the Special Orders came in from Hq's USASA in Frankfurt. Said that his name appeared on the bulletin board for promotion to Sergeant E5, but that his name was removed from the BB by Maj Lawry the day after it appeared on the BB. Said that he had a promotion party that was attended by the unit First Sergeant (can't remember his name) and the other NCO's (one was SFC E6 Lewis) at Samsun and that it got out of hand and the CO was not pleased and Art was called on the carpet and was informed that he would not be promoted to E5. This pissed Art off and he told the CO that those who attended the party were just as guilty of any misconduct that might have happened. The CO would not listen or consider that argument and told Art that if he didn't shut up - that he would 'yank off' his Corporal stripes. Recalls the time a young Samsun kid got injured trying to jump onto a 2 1/2 ton that was being driven by a PFC Ken Harris while it was travelling thru Samsun. Harris soon thereafter was scuttled out of Turkey as the Turks were raising hell over the incident. Also remembers a young 20 year old named Manny Frank whose brakes failed on a 2 1/2 truck loaded with lumber being transported to Sinop. The accident happened on a high and steep stretch on the way from Samsun to Sinop. Not sure, but believes that Manny lost an eye from the accident. A good friend was CPL Eddie F. Furr who was a mechanic. Another was SP3 Earl Dillard who rotated the same time as Art and they took a delay in route 30 day leave to Europe.

BALYSH, Patricia J., Civ, Boeing Svcs Admin Supv., Det 4, 73-75, 2030 Ridge Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48104, - [edited] Hi Elder, I just read an article on Yahoo about a German man who was sleepwalking and woke up, only to find himself stark naked in the middle of the street. Well this jogged my memory a bit of an incident that happened somewhere between 1973 and 1975 to Vince Domanski, a civilian employee with Boeing, who worked in the supply department. Vince was a colorful character who wore overalls and was sporting a beard for the beard growing contest (can you believe that in the military!). He lived in town but occasionally came up the hill to drink. To go to the bathroom in his apartment you had to first open the door leading to the hall and then the door to the bathroom. On the way out, you just reversed the process. Now why Vince felt he had to close the bathroom door when he lived alone, I'll never know, but he did. And he loved to sleep in the buff. One evening he happened to be drinking at the DOOM club. It was getting rather late, so instead of taking the bus back to town, he decided to rent a room overnight at the BOQ. Vince proceeded to undress and get into bed, but shortly after had to go to the bathroom. So in his groggy state, after finishing, he opened and closed one door, open and closed another door and guess where he ended up - stark naked in the middle of the hall with the door to his room locked behind him. He thought of his options -- 1) Knock on the door of his boss, Jerry Robbins, the Site Manager. He decided that wasn't a very good option. 2) Knock on my door. He could just imagine what my reaction would be to open the door and find a naked man standing in the hall. So scratch that option. It was winter at the time with snow on the ground. So Vince hightailed it back to the DOOM club, found a woman's coat hanging on the coat rack, draped it around himself and went downstairs to the bar. Vince was a tall guy, and I can't imagine the coat covering very much. Fortunately the bartender was still there and gave him the spare key. So he let himself back in, got dressed, went back over to deliver the coat and finally tucked himself back in bed. Now there must be a moral to this story somewhere. Forgive me, Vince, if you are out there somewhere, but this was too good not to pass on. I hope Vince's still with us. I have tried to look Vince up in People Search but had no luck. I did find him in US Search - Vincent P. Domanski, age 75, in San Diego, CA. Unfortunately, you have to pay to get more info, and the info is usually outdated. He is not listed in the SSDI pages. I can only locate one photo of me at Sinop - in front of the chapel with a few of the other church members. I'll get it scanned and send it to you for the Memory Book.

BARTOSH, Doug M., DOB 1944, RA17672005, E4-E5, 059, Det 27, 65-66, (Ruth), 4380 Sandstone Dr., St. Paul, MN 55122, 651-454-3324,

BERLIN, Franz DOB: 1939, RA17534092, E5, 98J, Det 4, 4-1 & 4-4, 62, (Peg), 300 Arundel Beach Rd., Saverna Park, MD 21146, 410-544-4833, - Howdy!! Elder: I will be off-the air until about 21 July. Please hold all traffic until then. I enjoy the DOOLs and am working on my BIO.

BRINKMAN, Leonard W., Jr. DOB 1933, RA17413539, E3-E4, 988RU, Det 4, AP56-JL57, (Doris), 8828 Fox-Lonas Td., Knoxville, TN 37923, 865-693-3195, no email. Assigned to Det 4 per SO#79 dtd 28AP56. Contacted on 3 July 2003. Said that I was the first one to contact him about his 15 month Tour of Duty at Sinop. Enlisted in August 1954 for Language school and after basic at Ft Leonard Wood was sent to Devens, then to Monterey for 6 months of training in the Russian language, then back again to Devens for 3 months of intercept training techniques, etc. Was assigned to Rothwesten and then to Coburg before being assigned to Sinop in April 1956. Said that Pfc Bob Taylor was in the same unit at Coburg and went to Sinop with him. Remembers living in a squad tent before the Jamesway huts were built. Wants to know if anyone remembers the 4th of July 1956 beer party on the 'hill'. Said that a 2 1/2 ton load of beer arrived from Ankara and that there were a lot of 'plastered' GI's on that day. Also remembers the sloping-V antenna that fell while being erected. Said that the antenna was later straightened and erected. Some of the names that he remembers are: Mel Deatherage, Dick De Armond, Roger Ebeling, Gene Montagne, Taminen, Pavlik and John Samuels. Informed him of the reunion at 7 Springs, PA and gave him the website and my phone number in case he wanted additional information.

BRUNNER, Louis J E3-E5 982 Det 27, 60-62, (Joyce), 3254 SE 179th Ave., Portland, OR 97236, 503-761-6103, (cable) This is our new e-mail address. Lou & Joyce Brunner

EBELING, Emerald R. (E. Roger), DOB 1935, RA17420843, E3-E5, 988RU, Det 4, 2MY56-JL57, (Doris), 29995 Glader Blvd., Lindstrom, MN 651-257-5436,

GOODMAN, Jay DOB: 1952 E4 MP Det 4, SE72-SE73, (Kathy), 3468 Izy Hill Ln., Finleyville, PA 15332, 724-348-0358, Elder - Myself & my fiance will be attending the 2003 reunion at Seven Springs, PA. As luck would have it, being from Pittsburgh - 7 Springs is just down the road. I'm sorry I couldn't attend the 2002 reunion at Hershey, but seeing as how I'm a firefighter in Pgh - I felt it was important to attend the anniversary of 9-11 at ground zero. We will not be staying in the hotel, but instead will be in our motorhome outside the lodge. I need your address to send the check for reservations. It will be for 2 people. Jay Goodman & Kathy Vogelsberger

KJOLLER, Jon, DOB: 1938, RA15578113, E3, 058, Det 4, JL58-AU59,, (Darlene), 993 Rosemary Dr., New Braunfels, TX 78130, 830-625-1064, - Jon called on 23 June 2003 and we discussed the Det 4 patch that he had ordered from another supplier.

LINKER, David L DOB: 1947 RA12809084 E4-E5 95B40 Det 4, FE69-OC70, (Peggy), 760 Patterson Rd., Salisbury, NC 28147, 704-637-3245, More later.

LOVELL, Howell D (Howie) 55 E4 05H Det 4-4, Oct 68-AP70, (Wendy-div, Sheila), 5204 Sandy Shoals Ln., Stone Mountain, GA 30087, 770-498-8333, New email address:

LUNGER, George C., DOB: 1936, RA13521046, E3-E5, 981, Det 4, AP56-DE56, (Beverly), 5113 Signal Rd., Columbiana, OH 44408, 330-457-2149, Contacted on 29 June 2003 and had a enjoyable chat about his 9 months on the 'hill'. Enlisted for the ASA in January 1955. Was trained as a cryptanalyst (981) at Devens and then was sent to Heilbrun Germany for 6 months before getting orders for Sinop. Vaguely remembers the 12 hour Turk bus ride to Sinop and initially slept in a pup tent - then in a squad tent. Worked the 3rd shift (midnite) the whole time. Said that the T/A and C/A area was in a wooden building and the the 3 intercept trailers were connected to it. Arrived as a PFC and left as a SP5 in 9 months. Remembers the antenna that fell when being erected. Played a lot of 4-handed pinochle. Departed Sinop with about 4 others on a Turk boat to Istanbul. Was assigned to Fort Devens as a C/A instructor in the bird cage. Was discharged in January 1958. Got a accounting drgree from Kent State University and is semi-retired. Promised to send me his BIO. Hi
I received your e-mail and made a copy for George. I also printed the 2003 reunion information for him. He is sleeping. Hopefully, he will get back to you with the information you requested. Thank you for the work you are doing. Sincerely, Bev Lunger

McCULLOUGH, John T., DOB: 1938, RA15560286, E3-E4, 058, Det 4, 58, (Sue),1044 E. Smith Rd., Medina OH 44256 330-722-6490, [edited] Hi Elder, Will be sending you a check for $73. for the reunion and one patch. I been so busy lately that I didn't have time. Will be doing a BIO as soon as time allows. I also will be sending some more pictures taken in Sinop and a show program from 1958. Best Regards, John McCullough

McDERMAID, Michael A., DOB: 1950, E4, 05K/982, Det 4 & 4-4, SE69-JL71, 340 S. Orlando Ave., Cocoa Beach, FL 32931, 321-783-1774, Contacted on 24 June 2003. Was assigned to Det 4 and spent 45 days on the 'hill' before being sent to Det 4-4 at Karamursel. Cross trained as a T/A at KAS. Remembers Bill Bender, Ray Borens-988RU from Minneapolis; Roger Brink; Rod Callison from OH; Gary Cooper from MN; Joe Rushlow and Smokey Stover from OH.

McOWEN, John (Mac) 057/059 Det 4, 60-61, - Thanks for the email. I'll work on my bio during the summer and get back to you. Sinop 60-61 (057 and 059), Bad Aibling 61-62 (057 and 056)

MOYER, Don E5 Det 169, 63-64, - I am attaching a picture of 5 of us that were in the Signal Corp at Sinop. We worked at the Airport transmitter site. We were in Detachment 66-1 until they changed it to Det 169. This picture was taken in 1963. The five people are Sgt. Fowler, Sp5 Redding, myself (SP/5 Don Moyer), Sgt Bill Humble, Sp/4 Zimmerman. I would like to see if anyone has any information on any of them. Thanks, Don Moyer

MULHOLLAND, James J., DOB: 1934, 01-02, Elint O, Det 4, AP56-JN57, (Joan), 4702 Hedgewood, Bloomfield Hills. MI 48301, 248-855-9213, . I was given Mulholland's name by Bill Stuckert and contacted him on 1 July 2003. Jim Mulholland received a ROTC commission from St. Peter's College in Jersey City, NJ. Was sent to Fort Monmouth, NJ for Elint training, then to Vint Hill Farms in Virginia for 3 months OJT. 2Lt Raymond A. Keene was at Monmouth and VHFS and they both went to Sinop, Turkey together. Remembers the long 2 1/2 ton ride to Sinop. Remembers Sgt Tessler who got to Sinop in October 1956 and was the NCOIC of the Elint section. Said that I was the first ex-ASAer to contact him since his discharge after the assignment to Turkey. Worked for GM for 30 years in New York and Michigan. Was transferred to Michigan in 1977 and retired in 1987. Jim promised to send me his BIO and some photo's taken on the 'hill'.

SLOAN, Edwin G (Ed) DOB: 1947 RA14945197 E4-E6 71H/71L SRU-20, AP68-30JL69, (Sheri), 137 Waterford Dr., Inman, SC 29349, 864-472-4365,

SPENCER, Leon A (Lee) DOB: 1946, RA12848587, E4-E5, 98J, Det 4, AP69-MR70, (Rusty-div), 51 Crestview Trail, Houston, TX 77082, 281-496-0662, Merhaba: Thanks again for the call and thoroughly enjoyed the visit, although I must admit I was a little slow to respond to my 0500 roll out this morning - but thats OK. You must be long in the patience department to have located me after all these years, although that was something we all learned w/ASA - so the skills don't go away. I did locate the Det-4 DOOL web site with the contacts & information today, and began sorting through all the news and history that is posted there (and there is a LOT!) . I will work up a short BIO over the next few days, hopefully in time to make the July 4 posting. Best regards, de Lee Spencer

STUCKERT, F.W. (Bill) DOB 1933, 2LT-1LT, SigC, Det 4, AP56-57, (Janis), 2429 E. 22nd Pl., Tulsa, OK 74114, 918-742-2325, I finally was able to contact ex-ASA 1Lt Bill Stuckert on 11 June 2003.
I received my ROTC commission as a 2nd Lt. from Texas A&M in May of 1955 and headed for Ft Devens in September of the same year. Following officers training at Devens I was shipped to Heidelberg, Germany with a 9613 MOS. In Germany I served with the 853 Comm Recon Det until that never to be forgotten day in April of 1956 when I received orders to head to Turkey. Traveling to Turkey we stopped for one night in Athens Greece. It was a time of unrest and we witnessed a riot just outside our hotel. I remember sleeping with my pocketknife under my pillow. My transition to the hill consisted of checking in with LtCol. E.J. Mohen, who was the senior ASA officer in Turkey and was with Det 27. Spent one night in Ankara and then a 2 1/2 ton truck ride north. Upon arrival at the hill in Mid May of 1956 I wondered whom I offended to receive an assignment like this.


The command on the hill consisted of Major Arthur T. Lawry as CO. He was a tough hard core officer. The XO and Operations Officer was 1LT Walter M. J. Garrett. Garrett had been a E6 or E7 before he received a OCS commission and was a tough officer who was well liked by most everyone on the 'hill'. The other Lieutenants were 2LT's James J. Mulholland and Raymond A. Keene who were Elint Officers. I was the OIC of the Traffic and Cryptanalysis Analysis section and Asst. Operations Officer. I believe that 2LT Thomas G. Rohner (Ronner) was in charge at Samsun and was the only man in Det 4 who had his wife with him. Don’t ask me how but I think she came as a tourist and paid her own way. Soon Major James J. Green came to take Major Lawry’s place and 2nd Lt. Robert A. Posner came shortly thereafter. Lt. Posner, a MIT graduate, was ASA but also an architect and was brought to Sinop to supervise the construction. He was instrumental in drawing up the plans for the first permanent buildings on the 'hill'. When I got there the Mess Hall was the only building plus the Jamesways. Later that year or early 1957 Capt. Kenneth Allison arrived with duty as XO. Then came CWO William A. Taylor and he was placed in charge of the motor pool and the maintenance of the generators. Two more arrivals during this time period were Captain Eugene W. Dow (our L-19 pilot) and 2nd Lt. Richard L Burns who headed up our Com Center in Ankara. [Lt Burns had a lot of political connections]. A Lt. James R. Wooten joined Det 4 during the winter of 56-57 and was assigned to the Elint group. My replacement was CWO Arnold D. Taylor who arrived a couple of months early. Since he was there to take over - Major Green assigned me to Ankara as Det 4’s liasion officer and to continue my old additional duty as Purchasing and Contracting officer. (I moved in with Lt. Burns). The last names I have are Major William J Clark Jr. , Lt. Harold A Fleming, and Lt. James A Yarborough. They came through as I was about to leave so I only remember the names. I think Major Clark replaced Major Green as CO of Det 4. Capt Eugene W. Dow was the pilot that served Sinop. A lot of our supplies and mail were air dropped on the hill. Later as we became a big city we rented a pasture and Captain Dow began landing in between the cattle.


The EM were living in pup and squad tents until the Jamesway huts were erected under the supervision of LT Posner. The Officers were housed in a rented house in Sinop while the BOQ was being built and I lived there most of my tour. It was a standard dwelling house that did not have the luxuries expected only for the rich and powerful. It was not what I expected; however it happened and surely made me a better person because of the experience.


In Mid June of 57 Lts Keane, Mulholland, and I flew commercial back to the states. I have only seen 3 ex Det 4 members since I got out. That was Lt. Burns, PFC Calhoun, and Spec Redding. I've looked at times but have never been able to locate any of the officers or EM that served during the 56-57 time frame.

Several incidents in my MOMENTS TO REMEMBER stand out.

The first one involved me and the CO, Major Green who was a non-drinker. I and several other officers had too much to drink one nite and ended with us causing a ruckus that Maj Green did not appreciate. Early the next morning I was awakened from my slumber and told to report to the CO's office on the double. While dressing I was pondering what the heck he wanted me for. I can still recall the stern look on the CO's face when I formally reported to him, "Sir, Second Lieutentant reporting as directed. Sir." He returned my salute and immediately tossed the Uniform Code of Military Justice booklet at me and asked if I was familiar with it. I nervously replied yes. He wanted an explanation for the and wondered why I was the only officer singled out for UCMJ. But keep in mind that I was still under the weather and didn't remember doing anything wrong that would warrant displinary action. Anyway Maj Green finally got around to promoting me to First Lieutenant.

The Det 4 Chapel was a tent with about 10 wooden chairs and the mess hall served as the movie theatre. Film was usually sent from Samsun after the USAF was through with it. I remember that they used to cut and splice all the sexy parts out before sending them to us.

I remember that the Turks and the Turkish soldiers were very friendly---their CO ate with us once in a while. There was trouble in town occasionally but that too didn’t upset things very much.

We had a Turkish interpreter assigned to Det 4 named Shadi Bey (I know its misspelled) who I later learned got caught with his hand in the cookie jar. He went with me on my purchasing trips---he was probably getting his cut all the time.

Gimp was our first and most honored civilian. He was Mr. Det 4---Before I left a small female arrived and the romance was on. The only problem was getting a box the right height to set her on. Offspring of this love affair---I don’t remember.

Powdered milk to drink.

Steak - our EM killed a cow and there was Beef for dinner.

Christmas program at the NCO club

Promotion parties at the NCO club

Eating aboard the ships that docked in Sinop Harbor.

The few days Lt Garrett was on leave---he was tough, a former EM, a person with no love for 2nd Lts.

Another incident I will never forget. It involved a courier incident wherein I was the TOP SECRET courier officer in a 2-1/2 ton truck convoy to Ankara in the winter of 1956. I was armed with a pistol and was instructed to keep it hidden at all times. Firearms, at that time, were prohibited, but several weapons had been smuggled into Turkey in Signal Corps equipment boxes and I was armed with one of them. I had a duffel bag in the front filled with TOP SECRET material destined for the US Embassy. During this courier run, it had snowed and made driving treacherous and the truck I was riding slid and was teeteering on the edge of a bridge with only the rear wheels still in contact with the road. I recall exiting the 2 1/2 with the duffel bag in one hand and the other used to hold on for dear life while I slowly made it to the rear safely or so I thought. The incident had happened near a chi way-station and suddenly one of the Turks grabbed the duffle bag and started tossing it back and forth among two other Turks who had gathered to witness the icky pachuk predicament. The three Turks were enjoying themselves and even more the scared looks on my face. I certainly didn't want to expose the pistol. They played keep away for about 10 minutes before they finally felt sorry for me and gave it back

Nights as OD

The steady stream of civilians and military from the states coming and going.

When the Chaplains arrived

My week in the Sinop hospital

The long hours we worked

My trip home

The above are memories of a 70 year old man who can't remember what he did yesterday-----so if something is incorrect please chalk it up to a senior moment. I would love to hear from any of the Det 4 guys who served during this time.

TALBOT, Harold W., DOB 1935, RA12456533, E3-E5, 988RU, Det 4, 28AP56-57, (Careen), 919 Tuscarora Rd., Chittenango, NY 13037, 315-687-9498, Called Harold Talbot on 29 June 2003. Said that I was the ONLY person to ever contact him about his Tour of Duty at Sinop. Enlisted on 12 October 1954 for the ASA. Attended Russian Language school and later sent to Fort Devens for intercept training. Has picture of those in that class at Devens

TAYLOR, Arnold D., DOB 1924, WO, Watch Officer, Det 4, 56-57, (Viota-separated), Fred Lind Manor, 1802 17th Ave., Seattle, WA, 206-322-8493, no email. ex-Lt Stuckert gave me Taylor's name. Found Arnold Taylor on 1 July 2003 in a retirement home in Seattle, Washington where he has been confined to a motorized wheelchair for 1 year. Initially served 4 years in the US Navy and joined the US Army in the early 1950's and was trained at Carlisle Barracks, PA and at Arlington Hall Station. Retired as a CW3 with 20 years active duty. As a civilian worked in the Pentagon on General Westmoreland's staff and advanced to GS-13 and then retired in June 1974. Bought a shrimp boat and had a successful shrimping career in the Texas area for 5 years. Remembers riding to Sinop in a 2 1/2 ton with Lt Hal Fleming. Said that he was a E7 1799/059 when he was promoted to Warrant Officer. At Sinop worked as a Watch Officer. 1LT Walt Garrett was the Ops Officer and they didn't get along. Related to me the the life and times of Garrett as a nudist in Florida. Got into a major scrape with the civilian authorities at Sinop. Said that someone had initiated a 'GOOD NEIGHBOR POLICY' and he an a young Lieutenant took a jeep - a case of beer - and started for the Sinop beach area. While driving through town Taylor took off his shirt and began waving it in one hand and a can of beer in the other while shouting Let's be good neighbors. Almost immediately they were surrounded, arrested and the jeep was consficated and almost destroyed while in the hands of the Turks. Said that the incident drew immediate stateside and Embassy attention. Maj William J Clark, Jr., was the Det 4 commander and was not pleased. The USAF sent a senior officer from Samsun to investigate. The result was that three politicians from Ankara arrived on the hill to officially complete the investigation. All three had been to the USA and were aware of the American drinking habits/partying, etc.... They didn't do any investigating - instead requested a spaghetti meal and later watched some skin flicks while consuming several bottles of whiskey. They departed Sinop with the porn flicks and a bottle of whiskey for each. This episode ended the GOOD NEIGHBOR POLICY with the Turks.

VAN BROCKLIN, Jim DOB: 1929, SP3 (E4) US51337026 Det 4, FE56-SE56, (Marcia), 39 Therin Dr., Hamburg, NY 14705, 716-649-9232, - Elder - Marcia & I will be coming to the Det 4 Reunion Aug 2003. Decided to stay off site (less expensive - fixed income). Will send you a check for $70.00 next day or 2. Please think about my earlier suggestion to have a date badge (so we can find our buddies that were there at the same time), in addition to a name badge.

Elder - mailing check today, Wed 6-25-03 for $70.00 for myself & Marcia, to Indiana,PA.

VAN ORDER, Roy DOB: 1936 E4-E5 283 Det 4, 27SE60-MY61, (Toni), 8186 Kneeskean Rd., Bridgeport, NY 13030, 315-633-0418, and - Elder: Tesekkür ederim or thank you buddy.... Guess my office mail is more reliable than my home. I will get a check out to you this week..

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